Electric vehicles interfere with AM radios
(CNN) - Electric cars may not only be spelling the end of the internal combustion engine, they could also take AM radio off the air.
Many of the major electric vehicle manufacturers have been leaving AM radio off their new cars, including BMW, Tesla, Volkswagen, Ford and Volvo.
The reason is electromagnetic interference, which causes static and noise on the AM dial, annoying motorists.
If more electric vehicles drop AM radio, then some broadcasters say they could lose their key audience during morning and afternoon drive when listeners are commuting to work.
AM radio signals travel farther and reach more people, especially in farming and rural communities.
Plus, their stations cost less than FM to operate.
Currently, about 47 million Americans listen to AM radio at least two hours a day, representing about 20% of the radio listening public.
Broadcasters and elected officials also worry that if AM radio disappears, America will lose a vital capability to reach the public during emergencies.